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The Stable Isotopes in Biosphere Systems Workshop Registration is open!

Once again we will be presenting a week-long introduction to the use of stable isotopes in biological systems, being held at JCU’s Daintree Rainforest Observatory 13th to the 20th of June 2024. There will be extensive theoretical and practical introductions, with numerous opportunities for laboratory and field experience in the gorgeous Daintree Rainforest. We aim for a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with a high teacher:student ratio, giving the perfect environment to learn, ask questions or develop your own projects and ideas on the use of stable isotopes.

Register here: http://www.bioisotopesworkshop.com


The Proceedings (Proceeding of the Royal Society of Queensland) journal is seeking for anything Queensland-focused work to consider publish with them. The journal publishes abstracts of completed dissertations.

Grants, Scholarships and Awards

These links will provide you with information regarding possible funding opportunities in the field of Ecology. Some may not be open at this time, but please make a note of future application dates.

The award is open to PhD candidates and Post-Doctoral researchers whose research focuses on: Reducing the risk of extreme weather events that are intensified by climate change; Fostering resilience by applying technological solutions.

Ten candidates are shortlisted by a jury and their work is published in a Compendium. Out of the 10, three are invited to Munich, Germany, to present their research at an awards ceremony. The finalists all receive funding to support their research.

Call for papers – July 1, 2024.

Submission deadline – August 31, 2024.

Further details are available at the Alliance Climate Risk Award website.

Aligned with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, the Global Impact Challenge is focused on four key themes each one central to supporting the transition to a net-zero future for agriculture.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Entrepreneurs and startups from any country or region; early-stage startups or entrepreneurs at the seed to Series A stage.
  2. Focus areas:
  3. Soil Health & Diversity;
  4. Increasing Food Security;
  5. Reducing and Offsetting Emissions;
  6. Water Management & Quality.
  7. Applicants should demonstrate a clear alignment with one or more of the above focus areas.
  8. Solutions should address the specific challenges within these areas and offer innovative approaches for positive impact.

Deadline to apply is July 12th, 2024. Further information is available at THRIVE Impact Challenge.

The Australian Institute of Nuclear and Engineering (AINSE)'s ECR grant applications open on 1 May 2024.

The ECRG provides up to A$10,000 (excl. GST) that can be spent on fieldwork and conference travel costs, publication fees and printing costs, and laboratory consumables (all relating to the recipient’s approved ANSTO proposal), in addition to carer requirements, including costs relating to childcare, respite, and support of dependents, subject to AINSE's discretion.

The Australian Museum's Lizard Island Doctoral Fellowships offer research grants of up to $14,300. Information for applications for 2025 will be updated in August.

JCU offers PhD Scholarships in Zoology and Ecology at Cairns and Townsville. Check these fantastic opportunities to study at JCU. Here are some great examples to start your search:

The College of Science and Engineering is one of the six Colleges of JCU and is the home of JCU's expertise in Marine Biology, Zoology, Aquaculture, Engineering, Physical Sciences, Earth Science, and Environmental Management, which forms a strong grouping, uniquely placed to tackle the grand challenges facing the world, both fundamental research and application.

Zoology and Ecology emphasises a diverse range of intellectual disciplines including zoology, ecology, botany, behaviour and evolutionary biology, within a diverse range of terrestrial habitats. The program provides graduates with the skills required to observe, explore and understand the biological world in all its diversity.

Build your zoology and ecology tool-kit at James Cook University (JCU), join the scientific community, and make a global impact.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award - Up to $20,000, with additional support provided to attend the Academy's biennial Science at the Shine Dome event.

The Margaret Middleton Fund for Endangered Australian Native Vertebrate Animals - Offers annual science grants of up to $20,000 each to support field-based, high-quality ecological research.

The Max Day Environmental Science Fellowship Award - an annual award of up to $20,000 per awardee to assist PhD students or early career researchers with their research.

The WH Gladstones Population and Environment Fund - offers support for empirical research into how the size, distribution, material aspirations and other characteristics of Australia’s population are likely to affect our environment—not only our land and landscape, but also social cohesion, health, the economy and defence. Population pressures in other countries which may have an impact on Australia could also be part of the research. One grant of up to $24,000 is available for award every two years.

Thomas Davies Research Grant for Marine, Soil and Plant Biology - offers annual science grants of up to $20,000 each to early-and mid-career researchers in the field of marine, soil and plant biology.

Conference sponsorship - The Academy also supports research through the sponsorship of research conferences that focus on rapidly developing fields of research.

Student Research Awards - open to postgraduate and honours students conducting ecological research, to cover expenses such as field travel, research assistance, equipment or consumables. The maximum individual award is $1,500, with ten awards offered each year. Applications open 1 September and close 31 October each year.

Jill Landsberg Trust Fund Scholarship - comprises of a grant of $6,000 to support the field-based research of a postgraduate student working in applied ecology. The scope of research is open to terrestrial, marine and freshwater ecology. Applications open between March 1 and April 30 each year via an online form.

Fundamental Ecology Award - $5,000 postgraduate grant for research in the field of Fundamental Ecology. Applications open between May 1 and June 30 each year via an online form.

Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment - Each year, more than 200 postgraduate students share more than $1 million in funds to conduct research in ecology, wildlife management, and natural history. Individual grants of up to $22,500 for three years are available. Applications for this award open between 1 to 31 March (Round 1) and 1 to 30 September (Round 2). Applications close at 11:59pm on the specified date.

Applied Forest Ecology Scholarship - The ESA and an anonymous donor provide an Honours or Masters level student scholarship in the field of applied forest conservation science. The scholarship supports a student conducting research into issues important to the management and sustainability of forests. The scholarship amount is $3,500, of which $2,000 is to fund research costs and up to $1,500 is to cover travel, registration and accommodation costs for the successful applicant to attend the ESA annual conference to present the findings of their research. Applications open between November 1 and February 28 of the following year via an online form.

FPI offers scholarships for field courses and other field training programs. The full scholarships to their programs in field biology and conservation are available for three principal reasons:

  1. to ensure that there are opportunities for attending our courses and field programs that do not depend on payment of the course fee;
  2. to ensure a more diverse student body that enriches the experience for everyone;
  3. to provide opportunities for field training and networking to residents of the various countries in which we operate.

Google Research Scholar Program provides unrestricted gifts of up to USD 60,000 (AUD 95,754.00) to support research at institutions around the world for 12 month projects. Applicants must have received their PhD within seven years of submission. Applicants must be a full-time assistant, associate, or professor at a university or degree-granting research institution at the time of the application submission. Post-doctoral staff can only serve as a co-PI, not a primary PI. Please get in touch with the JCU Research Grants and Opportunities team at grantsconnect@jcu.edu.au

The NSW Government offers Environmental Research Grants of up to $200,000. Priorities themes: Supporting threatened species recovery and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The Industry Fellowships Program (IFP) is a suite of three new fellowship schemes under the ARC’s Linkage Program. Please see the Australian Research Council (ARC) new Industry Fellowship Program (IFP) Guidelines.

The Ian Potter Foundation - the Foundation makes grants nationally to support charitable organisations working to benefit the community across a wide range of sectors and endeavours.